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CLOSUP in the Classroom - Policy Analysts

CLOSUP Policy Analysts are University of Michigan students affilliated with the Center to help carry out research and analysis on a variety of state and local policy issues. These students may be employed by the Center or participate in an independent study for course credit.

After their time at the Ford School, CLOSUP Policy Analysts take their experience and expertise to positions with leading policy organizations. For example, Kristy Hartman, a CLOSUP Policy Analyst for AY2012-2013, later joined the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as an energy policy specialist and was quoted in the Wall Street Journal regarding new policies on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.

Current Policy Analysts are listed below. For other recent Policy Analysts, see here.

Megan Bowers

Megan is a Policy Analyst studying patterns of accuracy and knowledgeability by government officials concerning Other Post-employment Benefit (OPEB) contributions. She is an class of 2018 undergraduate student in the Residential College. She is interested in government ethics and sustainability policy.

Alison Carey

Alison is conducting a comparison of frack sand mining activity and related policies in Minnesota and Wisconsin for CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. Alison is a Master student in public policy and urban planning (Class of 2016). Prior to coming to University of Michigan, Alison worked for a DC-based government consulting firm, where she performed cost-benefit analysis for federal environment and energy regulations.

Alexandra 'Sasha' Greer

Sasha is a Policy Analyst for CLOSUP studying the differences in county-specific opinion among local government leaders in comparison to state average opinion concerning fiscal health and community well-being. Sasha is an 2019 undergraduate in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is specifically interested in political advocacy and human rights.

Rachel Hampton

Rachel provides research on state oil and gas severance taxes for CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. She recently graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan (Class of 2014), where she studied  Political Science, German,  and minored in Sustainability.   Rachel is currently studying environmental law and policy at  the University of Michigan Law School.


Kyle O'Meara

Kyle is a Policy Analyst researching global emissions trading systems and EPA's Clean Power Plan for CLOSUP. Kyle graduated the Ford School in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy and a minor in economics. He is most interested in environmental policy and state politics. CLOSUP congratulates Kyle as the recipient of the 2015 Daniel Rosenthal Legislative Intern Award for his outstanding work interning for Michigan State Representative, Al Pscholka. The award selection is made each year by representatives from the Michigan House, Senate, and Michigan State University’s Legislative Student Intern Program.


Lyndsay Pals

Lindsay is a Policy Analyst assisting with event coordination for CLOSUP. She is a masters student at the School of Social Work (Class of 2016). Prior to attending the School of Social Work, Lindsay worked in community development interacting with mental health policy and housing policy, while exploring the power of improvisational comedy in therapy and advocacy work. She is most interested in policy research concerning socio-economic inequality, gender, and mental health.


Carolyn Rice

Carolyn researches the question of local versus state authority regarding hydraulic fracturing policy across states for CLOSUP's Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan (2015), where she majored in Political Science and Spanish. She is particularly interested in policy research concerning gender and race inequality, as well as environmental advocacy.


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